The final, held at the Savoy in London, witnessed eight finalists from across the UK battle it out to win the competition to find the trade’s most passionate malt enthusiast.
Jamie Milne, Glenfiddich brand ambassador and part of this year’s judging panel, said: “the Glenfiddich Malt Mastermind competition has really stepped up a gear. We had more than double the entries than last year and the calibre of candidates has been truly impressive.
Sinclair’s Equilibrium serve using Glenfiddich 18 Year Old stole the show. In addition to the title of Malt Mastermind of the Year, Sinclair won £1000, a trophy and a VIP trip to the Glenfiddich distillery.
“David managed to combine classic sophistication with a modern twist, producing an elegant and beautifully constructed serve which really enhanced the flavours of the whisky,” added Milne.
The eight UK bartenders shortlisted for the final were:
- Andrew Miller - Elbow Bar, Edinburgh
- Colin McMillan - The Three Judges, Glasgow
- David Sinclair - The Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire
- Lorenzo Miglietta - The Library Bar at the Lanesborough Hotel, London
- Michael Allan - Raconteur, Edinburgh
- Paul Mortensen - Gordon's Bar in Selfridges, London
- Ross Painter - Second Floor Bar in Harvey Nichols, Bristol
- Ryan Chetiyawardana - The Worship Street Whistling Shop, London